JohnnyJ (4356) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
C&C bottle. Dark brown pour, off-whitish head. Candy sugar, raisin, apple, belgian yeast, warming, and light spiciness. Cheap bottle, quite nice for the price, typical unibroue.
Ibrew2or3 (6881) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The corked and caged 750mL pours with a dark brown body that supports a mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up full holiday spices and ginger as well as Belgian candi sugar and a slight hint of coffee. The taste delivers malt and apple sweetness with layers of various winter spice notes. Into the finish the sweet malts and sweet apple like esteriness shine through as the spices slowly fade away.
alexanderj (3317) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; poured a dark cola brown with a rather big brown head. Aroma of cocoa, dark fruit, spice, and yeast. Flavor was similar and rather predictable from this brewery. Nothing new here, but the end result was overall a solid one.
Cybercat (3304) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a beautiful warm sable with a thick tan head that, unfortunately, takes its leave rather quickly - more like the head on a glass of Coca-Cola than on a crater of beer. Aroma has average strength, but tempts with yeasty and fruity notes, the latter apple with some banana. Flavor has malty core with caramel, nutty and molasses notes. Texture is smooth, on the flat side. As far as Belgians go, not great but still worth at least sampling.
mike67 (788) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a long lasting, thick, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, caramel malt, brown sugar, spices and hops. Body is full and smooth. Funky yeast, caramel malt, brown sugar, spices, dark fruit and hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and very spicy. Very nice, delicious brew.
Hartung32 (216) - Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good beer, even better value! Great raisin nose; with a rich sweet taste without any noticeable alcohol. I've had better, but for the price it's an exceptional buy.
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bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a dark tan/grey head. Rich malt and spice aroma. Rich malt and light fruit flavor with spice and yeast. Medium bodied. Spice and yeast linger with dark fruit and rich malt.
JDBaker11058 (1269) - Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: dark purplish-brown cola pour with a minimalist light tan head. Aroma: cherries, raisin toast, clove, candi sugar, beet juice, ginger snaps, and molasses. Taste: cinnamon-raisin-oatmeal cookies, nutmeg, allspice, clove, graham cracker, candied ginger, yeast, plums, and banana. Finish: yeasty, spicy, but surprisingly lively and clean. Notes: Tons going on with this beer. Tastes exactly like you’d expect a fine Unibroue Belgian ale to taste, which is awesome. Would drink again.
HighlanderOne (1002) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 Poured from big bottle. Vanilla, strawberry, banana in aroma. Dark mahogany with foamy tan head. I taste vanilla, plum, banana, bread, various spices (nutmeg, pepper) Alcohol is noticed, but is secondary. Maybe just me but I detect a touch of milk chocolate. Great drinkability - maybe too good. A great, just short of outstanding brew. I will take the advice of other ratebeerians and age my remaining bottles a bit.
Update 12/2013 - Just has the last bottle that was aged for almost a year. Definite improvements in palate and taste. Worth the wait.
jb (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trader Joes showed greate judgement getting Unibroue to contract brew this for them and some similar divine inspiration caused my Mom to get this for me for Christmas. Dark reddish and clear, no real lacing/retention, but a thick opening sudsy head. Nose is yeasty, with plums, ginger and soy sauce. Palate is clean tasting, not a lot going on, more of the Christmas spiciness, some dark malty notes and a bit of brown sugar. Good stuff.